Height is a major concern among all sorts of people that forms a significant part of their body image.
If you are troubled being bullied for your short height and often hear degrading words like ‘Bona‘ or ‘Chotu‘, then do these 7 effective yoga asanas daily to gain some inches in your height.
Height is a major aspect of self-confidence. When you feel sure of yourself, you stand straighter and taller. When you’re feeling low, you slouch. And being teased about short height is never good for that self-confidence.
You may think that it’s impossible for you to grow any taller now. But yoga brings you a special trick that can make you look taller and more confident.
Many yoga asanas increase muscular strength while also lengthening the spine. An extended spine gives the impression of being taller. Yoga, combined with a healthy diet, helps to enhance body posture while also energising the core muscles.
It will not increase your skeletal height, but will improve body alignment, symmetry, and general balance to help you appear bigger and taller..
Here are some yoga asanas to help you add a few inches to your height and improve your general body growth.
7 Yoga Poses To Gain Height:
1. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
Stand upright on the mat with your left foot and right foot around 3-4 feet apart. Extend your arms straight out on either side comfortably at shoulder level so that you are not straining the neck or shoulders.
Inhale, turn your right foot to a 90-degree angle, exhale, placing your right hand on the knee, shin or ankle. Stretch your left arm up towards the ceiling. Gaze towards your left hand.
Stay here and breathe while focusing on the stretch of your thighs and hips. Exhale and straighten your right leg, bringing your arms back to shoulder level.
Repeat the steps on the other side.
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2. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
Lie flat on your stomach, face down. Put your hands beside your rib cage with the palms flat on the floor.
Press your palms to the floor, inhaling deeply as you lift your upper body (that is, your head, neck, shoulders, and upper chest) off the ground.
Keep your breathing normal and steady. Hold for 30 seconds.
3. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog Pose)
Come on your hands and your knees. Keep your knees directly below your hips and hands a little in front of the shoulders.
Lift your knees from the ground, making the legs straight and pushing your hips upwards and back. Keep your arms straight with palms flat on the ground. Keep your head between the arms.
Your body should form an upside-down V shape. Breathe in deeply and wait for a few moments before relaxing.
4. Tadasana (Tree Pose)
Stand with both your feet together and arms resting on either sides. Plant both your feet firmly on the ground so that your body weight is distributed evenly.
Raise your arms over your head, interlocking the fingers, and turn the palms upward. Inhale and stretch both your arms up, coming up onto your toes.
Stay here and breathe, stretching your entire body from top to bottom, without losing balance and remaining grounded.
Come down onto the feet, while exhaling and with next inhalation, rise on your toes again. Use this step to re-align for balance.
5. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
Stand straight and join hands as in namaskar in front of your chest. Raise your arms above your head, pushing pelvis slightly in forward direction.
Bend forward, bringing your hands down to the floor beside your feet. Now, push your right leg back, stretching it as much as possible. Left foot should be bent and palms should be on either side of left foot.
Rest your left foot back on the floor so the whole body is straight. You must balance your weight on your palms and toes.
Lower your knees to the ground with your torso still lifted. Raise your chest and shoulders, bending your neck backwards and look up at the sky.
Lift your hips and knees and form an upside down V shape with your body.
Bring your right foot forward and place it between both palms. Let you left foot down on the floor. Stretch your neck upwards.
Bring left foot forward and lower your head between both arms. Legs and arms should be straight and palms should be touching the floor.
Raise your arms and stand back up. Bend a little backward, pushing pelvis forward. Bring your arms down to your side and relax.
6. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
Lie flat on your back keeping your legs and feet together. Place the arms on either side of the body with palms facing down.
Raise both legs and move the legs over the head. Push your arms against the floor, raising the hips up and taking the legs further back.
In the final position, the weight of your body rests on the shoulders, neck and elbows.Gaze up towards the toes.
Stay here and breathe.
7. Balasana (Child’s Pose)
Sit on your heels in a kneeling pose. Inhaling deeply, bring your forehead to the ground.
While stretching your upper body forwards, your arms, hands and elbows should be planted on the floor in front of you on either sides. Breathe deeply and wait for a few moments.
Repeat on the other side.
If you’re not happy with your current height, try the yoga poses listed above, along with a healthy diet. Maintaining proper form and sticking to a strict yoga routine is essential to reap the best benefits from these Yogasanas.
Start doing these Yogasanas to add a few inches to your short stature and build confidence to face the world.